“CrasH, Recover & Repeat”
On April 26, ScHoolboy Q released his fifth studio album, CrasH Talk - which might be his best project to date. By touching all elements of what makes a undeniable body of work, ScHoolboy really created something special. Overall, this album is hella polished compared to his successful rugged-style projects in the past. It seems like Q took an intentional approach to making this the best well rounded album in his discography.
The music on this album range from party to storytelling to conscious to radio - really touching all veins of today’s hip-hop. His high energy single “Numb Numb Juice” was the perfect radio song, but was only the surface of what this album really is. In the depths of this album he gave us many other versions of himself. Q always did a great job of giving us a piece of where he’s from in his music. CrasH Talk was just another muse for him to do that with. On songs like “Tales” and “Attention” he gave us premium storytelling about his past. Yet still giving us music to casually bop to, on songs like “Lies” feat. Ty Dolla and YG, and “Water” feat. Lil Baby.
This leads me to the features on this album. Whoever acted as the A&R for this album deserves a Grammy. Every feature on this project showed up and added an extra element to each song. Starting us off with one of his first singles, “CHopstix” featuring Travis Scott, ScHoolboy let us know that this album would have some names on it. 21 Savage came thru with a catchy verse on “Floating”, which has potential for another club banger for the summer - along with “Water” featuring Lil Baby. We also know that Q is no stranger to R&B collabs, after his Grammy nominated song, “Studio” from Oxymoron. This go around, 6LACK connected with ScHoolboy on “Drunk”, giving the album another wholesome rap and R&B performance. Q also collaborated with Kid Cudi to do what he does best on his song “Dangerous”.
To me, this is only the surface to what Q is really apart of. This reveals the greatness of the major powerhouse label, TDE. For the last decade plus they haven’t missed a beat and have always allowed their artist to grow and constantly release music. I was most impressed by the way that this album was rolled out and delivered to us so efficiently. Q popped out of nowhere with fresh singles and brilliantly-directed videos for “Numb Numb Juice” and “CHopstix”. A few weeks later, he dropped arguably the best album of his discography. The best part about this is that this is only the beginning for TDE’s 2019. Be prepared to see TDE drop music with some other major names this year - including a possible Kendrick album 👀
Overall this is the album that ScHoolboy needed in his discography. You can tell that he’s in a different space and growing in another direction. Watch exclusive interview with Charlemagne below, where he talks about his rough journey over the past two years - including depression, Mac Miller’s death, and his personal success today.
My favorite songs on the album are: Numb Numb Juice, 5200, Die Wit Em, CrasH, Water (feat. Lil Baby), and Attention.